Alain Cornu: Repetition
The series ‘Repetition’ by French photographer Alain Cornu shows how the multiplication of an object in a flawless arrangement with striking mathematical precision can result in a perfect symmetry of complex connotations, yet with a deceitful impression of equilibrium.
The objects are not chosen randomly, they stand as symbols of deeply concerning issues of today’s society, bringing into discussion the unsettling surveillance mechanisms that brutally invade our intimacy, the growing violence and constant threats to human life and safety. At the same time, the artist highlights the absurd desires, pursuits and beliefs of people, through clever metaphors – a pill that has the power to transform any man into an icon shaped according to the ideal beauty standards, to the holy glass of miraculous water and a can bearing the promise of longevity.
While in some cases repetition acts as an amplifier of anxiety, it may also turn an experience from unique to ordinary – there are no wonders accessible to all, prolonged lifespan would set a new normality and an army of Mr. Universe would diminish authentic beauty, naturalness and singularity, giving birth to a startling world defined by uniform appearances, artificial fantasies and an induced state of fear and inertia. So, indeed, we can produce pleasure on the line, but only as an elusive longing and false emotion.
Images © Alain Cornu